Introduction to Conclusions

Sign says Road Ends in Water

All’s well that ends well, but some endings are better than others.

An old proverb tells us that “all’s well that ends well.”[1] This is particularly true of public speaking. Especially if the content of a speech is complex and hard to follow, the conclusion gives the speaker a chance to summarize and condense the main points into a useful takeaway.

In this section, we’ll look at some techniques to bring your speech to a clear, effective, and thought-provoking close.

  1. Shakespeare probably titled his play after the proverb (not the other way around). See Martin, Gary. "All's Well That Ends Well." The Phrase Finder,